WEEKLY EVENTS: October 16, 2015 – October 22, 2015
I am headed out to New Jersey this weekend to catch up with a bunch of g-friends from high school. We’re gonna slam some Zimas, smoke some Benson & Hedges 100s, and all silently pray while someone takes a drunken pregnancy test in the bushes.
Just kidding. I am going to visit some old friends, but instead we’ll probably just hike, manalyze, swap green smoothie recipes, and accidentally get wine drunk around the dining room table. I seriously can’t wait.
But for those of you sticking around town, there are plenty of funs to be had, including a roller-skating jammy jam, a HUMP! fest (no joke), the closing celebration of TheBigWonderful, ZOMBIES!, football, comedy, storytelling, misunderstood monsters, and booze. XOXO.
(And as per youzh, check-out Westword’s 10 things to do for $10 in Denver blog for free/low-cost events this weekend, including Cassette Store Day at Twist & Shout, Lucha Libre & Laughs: Zombie Brawl at the Denver Pavilions, and Zombie Prom at Casselman’s Bar & Venue.)
From the folks that brought you TheBigWonderful comes the new & improved Night Bazaar! This time around, guests will have the opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade food, craft beer and cocktails, artisan vendors, soulful music, and a food truck garden on both Friday and Saturday nights, in a brand-new venue. Come shop, sip, and eat. No cover and a great way to start your weekend. The bazaar is open on Fridays from 5pm – 2am and on Saturdays from 5pm – midnight.
Since 2005, the HUMP! Film Festival has challenged ordinary people from all over the Pacific Northwest to become temporary porn-stars by making their very own five-minute dirty movies for a chance to win big cash prizes. The resulting short films run the gamut of sexual styles: straight, gay, lesbian, transgender…every color in the sexual rainbow. Created and performed by sex-positive people just like you, HUMP! films are sexy, funny, thought-provoking, artistic, outrageous, and oh so real. Hosted by Dan Savage, this event brings you the best of HUMP! Shows are at 8:30pm and 10:3opm on Friday and 6:30pm, 8:30pm, and 10:30pm on Saturday. Tickets are $20; you’ll be glad you came.
Roll is a monthly themed, old-school roller-skating party, complete with flashing lights, music, karaoke, sippy cup drinks, dancing, and ping-pong! This month’s theme is Thriller, inspired by the king of pop himself. Best costume wins $500 cash, so lace up them skates and rock your best zombie outfit for a chance to win some moolah! Special guest DJ Garthy Garth! FREE admission between 9 – 10pm and $5 afterwards (or get advance tickets, which include skate rental). This event is 21+; sign your waiver ahead of time and avoid the line!
Formerly known as Comics Against Civility, Uncalled Four is a hilariously inappropriate game played by four of Denver’s funniest comedians and YOU! Come watch comedians Cody Spyker, David Rodriguez, and Tim Messenger as they compete to see who is the funniest/most terrible contestant. Audience prizes include 420 gifts (with a 21+ ID), local grub, free drinks, and more! Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door.
Refuel in-between zombie attacks with zombie-themed ramen (traditional and vegetarian) and dessert ramen, at this pop-up stand located in the Zombie Zone section of the Pavilions.
Come say goodbye to Denver’s (adult) playground and enjoy one last day of live music, local food, craft beer + cocktails, and yard games. This event is kid-friendly and dog-friendly. View the musical line-up here.
Right alongside of kale and sour beers, zombies have become all the rage with aging hipsters these days. Check-out one of THE largest zombie gatherings in the U.S., while limping and moaning your way up the 16th Street Mall (you know, as you normally do). All ages and FREE. Peep the schedule of events here.
Come on out for this seasonal celebration, filled with community spirit and heart-warming provisions. Festivities include a chili cook-off competition; food offerings by MAS KAOS; a live poetry performance from poet and author Eleanor Perry-Smith; music by Jay J Matott and Ivory Circle; and a pop-up market with The Craftsman & Apprentice, Veak Ceramics, Fireside Supply, Blade & Knolll, Eat Frost’d, and Dabble Denver. FREE.
Come join this raucous good time sing-along with The Parlor Pickers. FREE; all ages.
One night only! Come join the So What! reunion, taking place at Pearl’s, Capitol Hill’s newest dancing and drinking destination. Housed in the former Beauty Bar, Pearl’s has been revamped from the ground up to be a beautiful lounge, designed to help you get your groove on. Join the So What! crew for a one of a kind night, many many years in the making. No cover before 10pm; $5 afterwards.
Watch the Broncos take on the (doo doo) Browns at The Big Gay Football Day! Featuring the largest indoor LED screen in Denver, weekly food and drink specials, and ping-pong. Arrive early to claim a spot in front of the big screen! Pick your players every week for a chance to win free shots with every Broncos’ touchdown. No cover.
End your weekend with a familiar film, $6 cocktails, snacks, and a rad atmosphere. This week’s film is the seasonal classic, Young Frankenstein. No cover.
Come try your own material (or just listen to others) at this brand-new open mic, hosted by James Xiong and Roger Haak. $3 craft beer tallboys; $2 New Belgium Shift cans. Sign-up at 9pm; show at 9:30pm #LOL
Give the middle finger to Monday and come on out for some quality laughs and some quality brews. Debates this month include Sweathers vs Weather, NFL vs NCAA, Sugar vs Spice, Kanye vs Beyoncé, and the headlining debate, Ghost vs Poltergeist. FREE.
Amuse Booze is a new(ish) monthly comedy showcase that appreciates a good, hand-crafted cocktail. Three local bartenders will compete to make their own variations of three comics favorite cocktails. One bartender will be named victorious and move forward in the competition, whilst the audience enjoys tasting and laughing at the results. Tonight’s comedians include Mitch Jones, Timmi Lasley, and headliner, Derrick Rush. Hosted by Meghan DePonceau and Anthony Crawford. $5 cover; $5 cocktails.
The Denver Public Library pays tribute to all the beautiful monsters and their creators. These four films represent unique moments in the development of the early horror genre. Loaded with symbolism, style and gothic atmosphere – each of them contributed to the monster movie lexicon that Hollywood has drawn from ever since. The series continues tonight with a screening of Creature From The Black Lagoon. FREE.
The Great Debate pits teams of non-experts head-to-head, toe-to-toe, and often dumb-to-dumber in lively debates of the inconsequential. You’re bound to be a flip-flopper after listening to compelling arguments on things that never mattered. This month’s theme? Mike Myers or Michael Myers. Box office opens at 7:30pm, and the feud starts at 8pm. $6 – $8, depending on your luck, or reserve your spot ahead of time.
Come on out for the last market of the season and enjoy some farm fresh produce, food, music, activities, and fun for the whole family. FREE.
This fall, the Gardens presents its newest event, Glow at the Gardens. The York Street location will light up the night with jack-o’-lanterns and luminaria-lined pathways winding through the grounds to reveal larger-than-life pumpkin displays. Storytelling, scavenger hunts, face painting, live music, fall-inspired cocktails and mocktails, and other fall-themed activities will round out the fun. Admission runs $6 – $12.
One night only! In 1989 the world was treated to a glimpse of the far off future of 2015…October 21st, 2015 to be exact! For that is the day Marty McFly travels to in Back to the Future Part II. Hoverboards, Jaws 19…how does the real 2015 compare to the film version? Come see for yourself! After the screening, DJs Hollow + Digg will throw an 80s-inspired dance party in the lobby, which is included in the ticket price. Tickets run $7 – $11; use promo code “CUBSWIN” to save $2 on each ticket!
If you haven’t been to The Narrators before, it is pure gold. It is essentially like This American Life unfolding right in front of your beautiful smiling face. One of the best things to do in Denver – hands down. This month’s theme is “Creeps″. Admission is FREE, plus there is cheap beer to sip on while you listen, haaaaaaaaaaay.
This Thursday, Nerd Nite Denver tackles scientific topics great and small from the human exploration of Mars, to human surrogacy, all the way down to the sex lives of bugs. Bring a friend, have a brew, and get your nerd on. Tickets are $5 in advance; $8 at the door.
Cool Shit is the newest comedy drug that all the cool kids are doing (and that one kid’s dad). This week’s show will feature a whole slew of local comedians for your enjoyment. FREE show, cash bar, cool shit.
This Thursday night, enjoy some Motown jams served up with chicken & waffles (free with a purchase of a drank) with DJs Maladjusted and Caramello. No cover all night; $4 Breckenridge brews + wells.
Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 10pm: SexPot Comedy Presents: Cartoons & Comedy Halloween Spooktacular 3 at the Deer Pile
Cartoons & Comedy is a nostalgic comedy show, created by Christopher Baker, that features comedians riffing on your favorite cartoons and commercials from the 80’s and 90’s. And what trip down memory lane would be complete without tasty cereal (especially of the monster variety)? Do not miss this lineup of killers – Bobby Crane, Greg Baumhauer, and Chris Fairbanks! The show is FREE and there will be prizes for best costume #countchocula